Rhode Island Stamp
Issues and Covers 1901 to 1950
1935 Special Delivery from Providence to
with two Farley Imperforate National Parks Issues
(Scroll Down for Background and Historical Information)
This is a very interesting cover that appears to have been sent
as a normal postal usage, however given the use of the ungummed
Farley stamps and all of the RPO cancels on the reverse of the
cover; it almost certainly was sent with a philatelic purpose in
|The cover was sent from Providence, Rhode Island on
September 24, 1935 to Mr. George I.
Welch in Poughkeepsie, New York. It was sent
Special Delivery with the 3 cent Deep
Violet "Mount Rainier and Mirror Lake"
(Scott #758) covering the
regular postage and the 10 cent
gray-black "Great Smoky Mountains"
covering the Special Delivery rate. The Farley imperforate
reissue of the National
Parks stamps was issued in sheets of 200 in 1934 due
to collector protest of the practice of giving full imperforate
ungummed sheets to certain politicians and prominent Americans
by Postmaster General James A.
The reverse of the cover is backstamped
with two different "Railroad
Post Office" (RPO)
cancels and a Railroad Agent straight-line cancel
as follows: Boston and
New York RPO, New
York and Chicago RPO, and a
Buffalo and Chicago Agent cancel. The
reverse also bears a Poughkeepsie receiving circular date Stamp,
(CDS). All of the
cancellations on the reverse with the exception of the
straight-line are hand-stamped duplex Cancels.